26 August 2021

You are being invited to sleep out to help out for a night in the ruins of Coventry cathedral highlight. This will be a way for you to raise funds for the charities tackling homelessness whilst gaining some insight into the issues that people face whilst sleeping out.

Homelessness charities St Basils, YMCA Heart of England and Cyrenians have come together as part of the City of Culture ‘HOME’ festival to host the Coventry sleepout.  If you are free Saturday October 9th going into Sunday morning October 10th join us in waking up outside on world homeless day.

Steve Rainbow, St Basils events manager said: “St Basils, YMCA Heart of England and Cyrenians are working tirelessly in Coventry to prevent homelessness and support people who are experiencing hardship. To help us to do even more, we are holding a fundraising sleep-out event in the ruins of old Coventry Cathedral.

“The event challenges people to sleep out for a night and help raise money so that more people don’t have to experience the plight of sleeping rough for real. “

David Wootten, Fundraising and donations coordinator at YMCA Heart of England added, “All the money raised by this unique event will go towards supporting vulnerable people in Coventry who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Research conducted by YMCA found that just one in four young people who are homeless (26%) believe the public care about youth homelessness. We hope that this event will show that there are many people who care, and that by coming together to raise vital funds we can support even more young people to build a better life.”

Caron Williams, CEO of Coventry Cyrenians added, “Everyone is welcome to attend and we are urging individuals, groups of friends or companies to sign-up to take part.

“Lots of businesses are getting involved and we’d urge as many as possible to come on board and support your local homelessness charities to help prevent homelessness in Coventry.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the Coventry sleepout can register online here.  Alternatively telephone 0121 772 9623 or email sleepout@ymcaheartofengland.org.uk for further details.